Last updated on May 15th, 2020 2:01 PM
If you’re here you’re probably struggling with getting lean legs, especially if you find it easy to gain muscle in your lower body.
I know what that feels like. Working out and seeing your legs getting bigger rather than smaller can be very frustrating.
In the past, I have struggled with under-eating and overexercising, and then with over-eating and doing the wrong exercises which made me bulky. Neither of these made me happy with my body.
After a lot of testing and research, I designed my own workout and nutrition plan focused on getting lean and toned body in a healthy and balanced way. And I couldn’t be happier!
If you’re trying to get skinny legs, you need to:
1. Reduce overall body fat by doing more cardio
For cardio workouts, please read my blog post on How To Get Lean Legs With Proper Cardio.
2. Do the proper resistance training
You must do the right kind of resistance training that will tone your legs without adding bulk in the process.
3. Avoid doing workouts that will add bulk to your thighs and hamstrings
All of the exercises below are from my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program and they are specifically designed for slimming down your legs without getting bulky.
They might look easy, but you definitely feel them and they get results! I know this style of exercise is not for everyone, but if a lean and toned look is what you are after, then these are perfect.
Let’s cover the resistance training for getting thin legs in more details.
Bonus Tip: I would also advise you to find out what your body type is. There are 3 main body types and they all lose weight and build muscle differently.
I have created a Body Type Quiz which will help you learn your body type in just 2 minutes. And it’s completely free! :)
For this one, you’ll need a gliding disc. If you don’t have a gliding disc, you can use a small towel or a paper plate. I’ll put a link below to the gliding discs that I use.
This exercise will give you beautiful, lean and toned legs without bulking. Your legs will be stronger but still feminine. And it will help you build stability and coordination.
Do 45 seconds on each leg.
This exercise combines the benefits of yoga with the amazing upper body and core benefits of push-ups.
You’ll work on your upper body and inner core muscles, and lengthen and stretch through your upper and lower body.
This exercise will help you slim down your legs without making your thighs bulky. And it’s a great workout for your core and abs.
I used ankle weights to make it a bit more challenging – I’ll also put a link to these below.
Dokey kicks are great for building your booty without growing your thighs. Do 4 regular, 4 to the left and 4 to the right.
Do 45 seconds on each leg. Use ankle weights to make it a bit more challenging.
In this exercise I also recommend using ankle weights for extra resistance.
This is a fantastic core and abdominal strengthening workout. It will also work your legs without making them too muscular.
Use yoga mat for comfort.
If you are interested in buying ankle weights and gliding discs, I use these ones: ankle weights and gliding discs.
If you are looking for a workout to help you slim down your legs and tone up your body without getting bulky, my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program will help you do just that!
I know from my own experience how frustrating it is to train hard and end up with results that you didn’t want.
That’s why I created three versions of my program, one for each of the three body types. That way you can be certain you’re going to get the best possible results!
My program includes cardio, a complete 8-week meal plan and the style of resistance training that you saw in this blog post.
Also, the resistance training part of my program now has FULL-LENGTH videos that you can follow from warm up to cool down.
”I trained with a personal trainer 3 times a week and while traveling, I used to do Kayla Itsines’ SWEAT program.
However, my thighs continued to be a problem despite exercising like a machine (in fact, I started measuring them and the more SWEAT I was doing, the bigger they became).
With [Rachael’s] program, I started seeing the results almost immediately. I measured my thighs, butt and muffin top and I lost inches after first week!
Here’s my 6-month transformation <3 I never thought I’d be able to lean out my muscles!! I have never felt happier & more confident with my body! Eternally grateful to you and your program!
This is only my 5-week progress, I was too eager to share the results with you. After years of trying other programs and even when I entered fitness competitions, I have never seen my legs this lean! I can’t wait to see my progress at the end of the 8weeks and again at the end of 16weeks after Round 2! Thank you and your lovely team. I am beyond grateful!
Start your journey to lean & toned today!
And as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
Love Rachael xx